10/25/16 3:53pm

Lyles Crouch Traditional Academy in Alexandria, Virginia

What many people don’t realize is that, not that long ago, Lyles Crouch was struggling with accreditation issues much like what Jefferson Houston is going through recently.

Via Core Knowledge Foundation

Students and teachers at Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy have something to celebrate. For this public school in Alexandria, Virginia—also a Core Knowledge School of Distinction—the latest State Report Card results put the school ahead of all other elementary schools in its district and overall ahead of the state as well.

The Report Card provides test score data at three levels: state, district (school-division), and school. On the 2015-2016 Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) tests, 95% of Lyles-Crouch students passed in Reading, compared to 73% in the district and 80% across the state. In Mathematics, 92% of Lyles-Crouch students passed, compared to 68% in the district and 80% across the state. The “passing” percentage includes students who scored at the Proficient or Advanced levels on the SOL tests. (For results by grade level, see Tables 1 and 2 (PDF).)

2015-2016 VA SOL: District, State, School Comparison (All Students)

2015-2016 VA SOL: District, State, School Comparison (All Students)

From 2014-2015 to 2015-2016, the passing percentage for Lyles-Crouch students overall is up six percentage points in both Reading and Mathematics. (See Table 3 (PDF)) Lyles-Crouch students also outperformed both the district and state in the SOL tests of History and Science, administered in grade 5. (See Table 4 (PDF))

Lyles-Crouch Elementary currently enrolls 438 students, with 26% eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, 10% receiving Special Education services, and 10% English Language Learners. One hundred percent of Lyles-Crouch students participated in the 2015-2016 SOL testing. Dr. Patricia Zissios, principal of Lyles-Crouch, reports that “we saw the largest gains with the Special Education students in Language Arts—from 53% [passing] in 2014-2015 to 81% in 2015-2016. We met all of our benchmarks and are again fully accredited.”

For Economically Disadvantaged students (defined by the state as eligible for free or reduced-price lunch or Medicaid), the data show Lyles-Crouch significantly outperforming both the district and the state. The Virginia Department of Education also disaggregates performance data for three student subgroups categorized as Proficiency Gap Groups. In all three Gap Groups, Lyles-Crouch students have higher passing percentages than both the district and state in Reading and Mathematics. (See Table 5 (PDF))

Congratulations to everyone at Lyles-Crouch for the hard work and outstanding performance!

10/25/16 2:02pm

Jacqueline Kennedy's "sweet little chandelier" from her home in Washington, D.C. before moving to the White House as First Lady spotlights The Potomack Company's Presidential, Historical and Political auction on November 5 (www.potomackcompany.com)Potomack Company marks the 2016 Presidential Election with Auction

Jacqueline Kennedy’s “sweet little chandelier” from the Kennedys’ Washington, D.C., home prior to moving to the White House will spotlight The Potomack Company’s politically themed Presidential, Historical and Political Auction on November 5.

Mrs. Kennedy purchased the elegant glass chandelier at a flea market in Paris to furnish her Georgetown home, and it is one of several antiques and documents from two John F. Kennedy family residences in the sale.

The Potomack Company marks the presidential election every four years with a patriotic selection of political memorabilia, documents and other historical items. The November 5th sale includes a rare autograph album with 31 documents signed by every President from George Washington through Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1793-1932), all but five signed while in office as President and each accompanied by an engraved portrait.

The Kennedys’ “Camelot” era style is also reflected in a garden fountain, wall sconces, personal papers, handwritten notes and the deed of sale signed by President and Mrs. Kennedy upon their move from Georgetown to the White House.

During their White House years, the Kennedys leased Glen Ora, a 400-acre horse farm near Middleburg, VA, to enjoy as a private weekend getaway where Mrs. Kennedy could ride her horses and the family could relax in an atmosphere of country glamour. Glen Ora furnishings at Potomack Company include the 18th Century carved oak bed in which President Kennedy slept, two Louis XV parquetry commodes from the room Mrs. Kennedy used as her bedroom, and other 18th and 19th Century French and English paintings and antiques.

The Potomack Company is a fine art and antiques auction house in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. To consign, email images to consign@potomackco.com or call 703-684-4550 or visit www.potomackcompany.com for additional information.

For more information on the auction, contact Lucie at 703-684-4550.

10/25/16 11:18am

BBQ Bus food truck

Food Truck vending in Alexandria, Virginia’s Carlyle Neighborhood

Today, (Tuesday, October 25), the BBQ Bus food truck is serving off-street in the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia on the campus of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.


(Photo via ep_jhu, on Flickr)

10/25/16 10:46am

Howl-O-Ween in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Costumed Canines to Compete for Howl-O-Ween Prizes

Alexandria, Virginia area dogs will be showing off Halloween costumes and competing for prizes, including for the spookiest, funniest, and most original costumes and most/least enthusiastic pet at the annual Doggie Costume Contest ‘Howl-O-Ween’ hosted by Hotel Monaco Alexandria – A Kimpton Hotel and Jackson 20 to benefit the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA).

Steve Rudin of ABC 7 News will be the emcee. Megan Webb, Executive Director of Animal Welfare League of Alexandria and Charlie, Alexandria’s 2017 Animal of the Year will be the judges.

Register to enter the contest here!

This Happy Hour event will feature Halloween-themed cocktails and light bites, as well as contestants strutting down the “catwalk” while competing for “Most Glamorous Get-Up”, “Best Dressed Couple”, and the prestigious, “Top Dog” Award. Winners will receive fabulous prizes, courtesy of Kimpton Hotels and local restaurants.

NOTE: Registration fees benefit AWLA; Hotel Monaco and Jackson 20 restaurant are donating 10 percent of happy-hour food and beverage sales to the AWLA.

10/21/16 9:22am

Absentee voting "Vote Here" sign - Alexandria, Virginia USA

Yesterday, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ordered the voter registration deadline in Virginia extended through Friday, October 21.

Eligible voters may register in one of the following ways:

  • Submit the application online by 11:59 p.m. TONIGHT (Friday, October 21).
  • Register in person at the Office of Voter Registration, 132 North Royal St., Suite 100, before 5 p.m. on Friday, October 21.
  • Download an application,  then print and sign the completed form and mail it to the Office of Voter Registration, 132 North Royal St., Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22314. Applications must be postmarked on or before Friday, October 21.
  • Voters may check registration status or by contacting the Alexandria Office of Voter Registration at voters@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.4050.

All eligible voters who register to vote on before Friday, October 21, will be able to vote in the General Election on Tuesday, November 8.

For more information about registering to vote, please visit this link or contact General Registrar Anna Leider at 703.746.4050.

10/20/16 10:25pm

Luigi Bianchi Made To Measure Trunk Show Hosted at Dash's of Old Town in Alexandria, Virginia

Luigi Bianchi Made To Measure Trunk Show Hosted at Dash’s of Old Town

In a continued effort to be the premiere knowledge-based clothier in Northern Virginia and the Washington DC area, Dash’s of Old Town will host Andrea Benedini of Luigi Bianchi Mantova Friday, Saturday and Sunday October 21-23, 2016 during business hours at their Old Town Alexandria store at 1114 King Street in Alexandria, Virginia.

Luigi Bianchi, a historic Northern Italian manufacturer, will have one of their fourth-generation company leaders on hand to showcase their latest textiles, patterns, fabrics, trends and techniques. Since 1911, Luigi Bianchi LUBIAM has guaranteed a highly professional and specialized service in custom tailoring.

NOTE: During their Weekend Trunk Shows, Dash’s of Old Town encourages you to call ahead or schedule your appointment via phone or email. Call (703) 299-4015 or email info@dashsofoldtown.com.

“During our signature event I want our clients, old and new, to meet our suit manufacturer and gain valuable insight on the creation of their suits that will meet their personal needs,” owner Victor Dash said. “A custom made suit, using the most prestigious fabrics, refined tailored details and the excellence of Made in Italy, will complete your custom made life, and that’s what I want to give my clients.”

The trunk show will be hosted on Friday and Saturday from 11:00am6:00pm, to Sunday from 12:00pm5:00pm, October 21-23, 2016. There is a savings opportunity of $300-$500. Prices are 30-40% lower than other competitive made-to-measure suit makers. No cost on alterations for Made-to-Measure orders.

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